Ridgeline Environment (Ridgeline) provides Environmental Planning and Monitoring for construction projects and inspection services to the oil and gas, pipeline, mining and commercial industries. We provide experienced and knowledgeable staff that are well versed in government regulations and pride themselves on being practical and cost effective, while finding solutions to our client’s problems, making Ridgeline your most trusted environmental partner.
Our knowledgeable professionals are trained to identify potential environmental concerns that might delay construction. At Ridgeline, we work closely with our clients and regulatory bodies to ensure that all needs are met with the proper regulatory input and approval. This approach ensures that our client’s construction projects are completed on schedule and on budget. Ridgeline will create value for your organization through our extensive environmental service offerings and accountable project scope and oversight. We strive to be your most trusted environmental partner as we continue to create long-lasting partnerships through excellent service.
Ridgeline provides a number of services that complement construction and operations construction projects:
- Pre-Disturbance or Pre-Construction services such as Pre-Disturbance Site Assessments (PDSAs)
- Sump Suitability assessments (we can provide the drill and soil technician)
- Well Water testing, Groundwater Well Monitoring and Sampling
- Surface Water Quality Assessments Including Industrial Waster Water Handling/Sampling and Discharge Tracking and Reporting
- Soil, Groundwater and Hydrogeology Assessments
- Wetland Assessments and Ecological Assessments (wildlife, vegetation, rare and endangered species, biodiversity, freshwater ecology and quality, wetlands, fisheries, land use etc.)
- Environmental Field Reports (EFR) / Enhanced Approval Process (EAP)
- Environmental Impact Assessments and Protection Plans
- Private and Public Land Checklists
- Heritage Resource Impact Assessments
- Air quality monitoring
- Aboriginal Traditional Ecological Knowledge assessments and socio-economic assessment.
Pre-Disturbance Assessments (PDA), Enhanced Approval Process (EAP), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
Pre-Disturbance Assessments and Conservation & Reclamation Plans (PDA/C&R)
PDA/C&R plans are required under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (AEPEA) Approval for Enhanced Recovery In-situ Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Processing Plant and Oil Production Sites. The PDA/C&R Plan provides site specific information regarding construction, operation and reclamation of specific footprint components, Ridgeline provides expertise for compiling baseline biophysical information on proposed disturbance footprints. We also provide recommendations for construction, operation and reclamation to ensure that disturbed areas will be reclaimed to an equivalent land capability.
Enhanced Approval Process (EAP)
The EAP is a part of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s (AER) mandate to ensure sustainable resource development on public lands in Alberta. The EAP is the application process for the issuance of upstream oil and gas development related to surface land dispositions on public land by AER. The EAP provides consistent background information, standards, requirements, and guidelines for developmental planning. Aspects of the EAP include identifying landscape sensitivities, approval standards, mitigation plans and best management practices to reduce the environmental impact of your operation during the construction, operation and decommissioning phases of your well or infrastructure site.
Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)
Project cancellation, redesign, or relocation is costly. An EIA identifies issues and concerns before they occur so the effects can be minimized or prevented altogether. Ridgeline has experience conducting EIAs for oil and gas, mining, forestry, transportation and municipal projects. EIAs provide an evaluation of potential effects associated with construction, operation and reclamation of industrial and resource development projects. Ridgeline can facilitate permit approvals through completion of field work, stakeholder engagement and final report submission to the appropriate regulators. Ridgeline also provides EIA review services for Alberta Environment and Parks regarding projects awaiting approvals.
Surface Water Quality:
Ridgeline Environment provides sampling, monitoring, and chemical characterization of Surface Water. Ridgeline can help you with your application for surface water diversions and Water Act temporary diversion license. The temporary diversion license is now available online and once Ridgeline enrolls, the application and supporting documentation can be submitted to Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Surface hydrology assessments and surface waterbody surveys to assess connectivity with groundwater and monitoring changes to surface water.
Ridgeline has strong experience with provincial and federal groundwater guidelines and regulations and can provide various groundwater services for preliminary site investigations to satisfy corporate or regulatory requirements. These services include aquifer tests (short and long term), hydrogeological parameters calculations (conductivity, gradients, velocity, etc.), Conceptual Site Models (CSM), local and regional groundwater studies, bedrock groundwater and Domestic Use Aquifer (DUA) investigations, identification and investigation of potential sensitive receptors (DUA and Freshwater Aquatic Life receptors).
Ridgeline has extensive experience in scouting, locating, sampling, and flow testing water wells, particularly in coal bed methane (CBM) operations. Ridgeline will provide environmental mapping and AER notification for well applications prior to CBM drilling operations in accordance with AER Directive 035, as well as final reporting as required by AER.
Ridgeline can provide baseline testing of water wells prior to drilling activities and, if required, post drilling testing to determine well status.
Wetland and Ecologic Assessments
Ridgeline can support our clients with the following services to ensure project compliance regarding wetlands.
- Wetland / Riparian Assessment, monitoring, classifications, delineation & mapping
- Wetland Value Determination including experience with the Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool (ABWRET)
- Historical Aerial Photograph Analysis
- Wetland Reporting including experience with:
- Wetland Impact & Assessment Reports (WAIR)
- Wetland Impact & Assessment Forms (WAIF)
- Crossings, Approvals and Monitoring
- Wetland Avoidance & Mitigation Plans
- Wetland Replacement, Restoration & Monitoring Plans
- Regulatory Approvals
Environmental & Regulatory Services Include:
Ridgeline provides Environmental Planning and Regulatory services to assist our clients in developing new projects while managing regulatory compliance during the project. Our environmental staff conduct assessments and develop mitigation plans to streamline project development while maintaining regulatory compliance. The following services Ridgeline provides for our clients.
- Pre-Site Assessments
- Environmental Impact and Pre-Disturbance Assessments
- Municipal, Provincial and Federal Approvals
- Environmental Inspection and Monitoring Services
- Wildlife Services
- Rare Plant Services
- Aggregate Resource Work (Sand and Gravel)
- Oil Sands Planning and Approvals
- Environmental Assessment on First Nations Lands (IOGC)
- Forestry Services
- Inventory (Wildlife, Vegetation, Weed, Soils etc.)
Construction and Pipeline Projects:
Your projects need experts that can help you build what you need to build while minimizing environmental impacts and ensuring regulatory compliance. You may be looking to plan around wetlands and watercourses, identify wildlife, or assess soil quality. Whatever your challenge, Ridgeline is your trusted environmental partner.
Ridgeline provides pipeline environmental inspection services relating to all sizes of pipeline projects. We have the knowledge and experience to ensure your projects are done right and to minimize construction and regulatory delays. We are here to provide technical and compliance support for all the environmental aspects of major pipeline construction projects (including horizontal directional drilling) in. We provide input and support on major issues such as weather shutdowns and non-compliance matters. We track all environmental incidents and non-compliance matters while working on aggressive work schedules.
Ridgeline’s Environmental Planning and Monitoring services focus on assisting our clients during the planning, permitting, licensing and construction phases of their new or upcoming resource extraction and transmission projects. Through active field studies, pre-development planning and effective mitigation, Ridgeline’s team of professionals are able to assist in streamlining the various regulatory requirements and associated licensing pathways.